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Storm Preparation Tips

With Hurricane Joaquin approaching, it’s important for us as Jersey Shore residents to learn from the experiences we had during Hurricane Sandy.  There are a number of measures we can take around our homes to be better prepared in the event that the hurricane travels up the coast.

Track the storm!

Hurricane Joaquin Interactive Storm Tracker

Things you can do to keep you and your family safe:

1. Bring in all items in your yard that can be blown away by powerful wind gusts.

This includes lawn furniture, flags, your grill, kids toys and potted plants. 

2. Secure all of your home's doors, windows and bulkheads.

Make sure that they are tightly closed and locked.   

3. Stock up on supplies in your home.

Make sure that you have a full inventory of bottled water (3 gallons per person), a 3 day supply of canned food or other non-perishable food items, batteries and prescription medications. And don't forget about pet food for your furry family members!

4. Put together an emergency kit.

This kit should include flashlights, candles, matches, a first aid kit, blankets (1 for each family member), a battery powered or crank radio, a manual can opener and a fire extinguisher.

5. Fill your car up with gas & charge your cell phone.

Fill your car or cars with gas, but plan to be off the roads when the storm hits. Also, make sure that your phone is 100% charged when the storm hits, and only use it when needed. 

6. Put your fridge and freezer on the coldest settings. 

This will help keep your food cooler longer in the event that you lose power.   Dry ice will last longer to keep your perishables safe.

7. Check in on elderly family members, neighbors & friends.

They may need help prepping for the storm too. It takes a village, right?  Maybe run to the store for those who cannot.  

8. Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App.

This app offers real time information, tracking hurricanes and local weather conditions. It will also find help if you need it and let others know that you are safe (even if the power goes out). This app if FREE and available on the Apple App Store or through Google Play. 
For easy download just text GETCANE to 90999. 

9. Make a family plan.

Put together an emergency plan for your family so that you are prepared for the worst case scenario. Check with local authorities and review the FEMA evacuation guidelines (click here) before the bad weather hits.

10. Make sure that your home's generator & sump pump are ready to go.

Your generator will keep you plugged in if power goes out, while your sump pump will protect your home and assets from potential flooding.  

In Case You Need To Evacuate:

  • Keep your vehicle's gas level at a minimum of half-a-tank.
  • Every family member must carry CONTACT INFORMATION:
    • All phone numbers at work, school, etc. for every family member
    • The name and number of a relative who lives out-of-state, to call in case your family gets separated.

Know your evacuation routes, Click the link below to find the routes for your county.

NJ EVACUATION ROUTES

Map of Gas stations outfitted to withstand storm outages

After Hurricane Sandy, many New Jersey gas stations took steps to withstand storm outages.  The map below outlines the gas stations that may be open throughout the storm.

NJ gas stations that withstand storm outages